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Meeting Mohammad Alqadi, the Palestinian marathon man

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Deep divisions on display as NAFTA renegotiation talks end

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Four killed in Togo clashes after religious leader arrested

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Over 300 killed in Somalia's worst ever terror attack

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'Trump is the most powerful unifying force the Democrats could imagine'

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

A quirky, insider’s guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1.45 pm.

Latest update : 2017-09-01

C'est la rentrée! France's back-to-school renaissance

This week we explore "la rentrée", the renaissance that takes place after France's summer shutdown. Children return to school, politicians scheme about the year to come and people get back to work. While some experience "rentrée blues", others take the opportunity to make a fresh set of resolutions.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

Archives

2017-10-12 guns

Gun control in France

Like other European countries, France has tight gun laws. Acquiring a permit to own a weapon is long and tricky and there are restrictions on what types of guns people can buy....

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2017-10-05 fashion

Do French women really not get fat?

Famous for being a leader in the fashion world, France is also trying to lead the way in combatting one of the industry's darker sides: unrealistic body images that can lead to...

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2017-09-28 counter-terrorism

Counter-terrorism: Is France heading for a permanent state of emergency?

When he was running for president, Emmanuel Macron vowed to remove France from its nearly two-year state of emergency. The government has put forward an alternative...

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2017-09-21 French politics

Is the French Senate a retirement club for old politicians?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS: France is gearing up for yet another election on Sunday, September 24, this time to renew just about half of the Senate’s 348 red velvet seats. The French...

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2017-09-07 labour law

French labour code: Mind-numbing or sacred?

Revered by some and reviled by others, the French labour code is fundamental to understanding working life in France. The over 3,300-page red book regulates many things,...

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